The Premier tribute to…
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) are one of the world’s most pioneering, iconic, original, inventive and respected synth based bands. We have a sincere and deep respect and love for their music and this has ultimately prompted us to create Manoeuvres – an authentic tribute show full of the atmosphere and sounds of one of the most unique and influential bands of all time.
“Thanks for an excellent, authentic performance, assisted by the singer bearing more than a passing resemblance to the real Andy McCluskey!”
“Honestly, at times if you closed your eyes, your renditions were so good you could of been at a real OMD concert.”
“Really enjoyable show. Totally gets their audience and showcases the bands 40 year back catalogue in an authentic and respectful way.”
“They are dedicated to reproducing the mighty OMD… and they do an exceptional job! They don’t sample. I went to see them for the first time last month at the Robin2 and they blew me away. I’d love to hire them…”
“Totally amazing and what a credit to OMD! You and Sarah have both worked so hard to re-create the OMD sound (unique to start with) and absolutely clinched it. The timing, the sound and the connectivity and banter you had with each other and the audience was spot on. Even the lighting and flyers were OMD – esque!”
“To be honest I was a bit reserved about it for a band that I’ve supported through thick & thin for 30+ years on whether you would do it justice… HECK YEH you were brilliant!”
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Pandora’s Box (Snippet)
Sister Mary Says (Snippet)
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About our OMD tribute show
Many months have been spent meticulously crafting the music in our own studio along with countless hours rehearsal time to ensure that each show accurately recreates the feel of an original Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark show. Quality instruments are used and are key elements in reproducing the sound we strive to achieve. A live performance full of energy along with a complimentary stage set complete the package in order to give you a memorable and exciting OMD experience! We will be posting regular updates and details on our social media pages and blog!
ALL tracks are made and played by us – we NEVER sample!
BARRY: Lead Vocal, Bass Guitar & Synthesisers
Having been a bass player and vocalist in numerous other bands over the years, Barry is proud to now front Manoeuvres. His animated stage presence and unique vocal style are ideally suited to the task which he carries out with great energy and pride. He is also the person behind the scenes producing the sounds and music that are used on stage, resulting in many late nights/early mornings sat at the keyboard supported by copious cups of tea, coffee and peanuts!
SARAH: Synthesizers, Electronic Drums & Vocals
With years of experience performing in other tribute bands, Sarah is the ideal partner for Barry on stage playing the synthesisers and drums as well as providing backing and some lead vocals. Off stage, whens she’s not drawing (she is a children’s book illustrator) she is responsible for all of the design work, social media, web design/content, promotional material and moral support. Along with this, her fashion sense is key in creating our look on stage because of course, Andy & Paul ARE fashion icons…
ARTHUR: Our very own Teac X-10 Auto-reel
How could we not pay homage to Winston! So yes we have our own tribute, He’s a little down that he’s not as iconic, nor that he’s no where near worth as much as Winston’s model, but he does the job for us! 😀
SOME OF THE SONGS WE PLAY….
Pandora’s Box – Telegraph – If You Leave – Joan Of Arc – Tesla Girls – History Of Modern – Dresden – Walking On The Milky Way – Sailing On The Seven Seas – Electricity – Metroland – Almost – Red Frame/White Light – The New Stone Age – Messages – Forever Live And Die – Dreaming – The Punishment Of Luxury – Enola Gay – Georgia – Sister Marie Says – What Have We Done – Souvenir – Maid Of Orleans – Locomotion – Talking Loud And Clear – Night Cafe + many more!
Here’s what people have to say…
“Saw Manoeuvres last night in Bilston…WOW.. I’ve been a fan of OMD since 1980 and love and admire their music..You guys faithfully paid tribute to them with your accuracy and enthusiasm.. You’re the first OMD tribute artists I have heard of and I cannot praise what you did last night enough. I’m going to try and get to see you again this year if I can. Honestly, at times if you closed your eyes, your renditions were so good you could of been at a real OMD concert. You were that good.. 10/10.. well done”
“Just seen this band at The Wharf Tavistock, absolutely brilliant, authentic OMD set, both Barry & Sarah killer vocals, and the work gone into everything and playing keyboards, synths, drums, bass guitar, etc etc, & clearly loving what they do, cannot recommend highly enough. My daughter & I saw OMD at The Royal Albert Hall Which was incredible, & I have to say I enjoyed these guys in equal measure, every bit of the original artists sounds, vocals and multi instruments sung and played with a great respect and authenticity, amazing! Seriously, you guys are amazing, my daughter & I cannot get over how many instruments you both played, sang so brilliantly, and no sampling, absolutely loved every minute, thank you ????”
“Brilliant show at the Wharf Tavistock,thank you so much energy and detail congratulations , you managed to play so many songs ! As a fan what should you change ? Nothing you complement each other so well , vocals are great ???????? Thanks again brilliant brilliant brilliant”
“Totally amazing and what a credit to OMD! You and Sarah have both worked so hard to re-create the OMD sound (unique to start with) and absolutely clinched it. The timing, the sound and the connectivity and banter you had with each other and the audience was spot on. Even the lighting and flyers were OMD – esque! Please tell Sarah that she was amazing and not to under-the-counter her skills in all respects. To have that quality of sound and produced and presented by just the two of you,…mind blowing! I am sure that you will go a long way with this tribute and the fan base will take you both by surprise, especially as there is no competition too! An OMD tribute has been well overdue.”
“I’d heard about you but as you were on my turf yesterday evening, I had to go (Tavistock, Wharf). To be honest I was a bit reserved about it for a band that I’ve supported through thick & thin for 30+ years on whether you would do it justice… HECK YEH you were brilliant! A great mixture of hits, album tracks & quirk was great. I spied the ‘new’ McCluskey moves & that was fab, (as we know his dancing has changed now he’s got older). A very worthy tribute of which I would come again if you’re back down this way. Anyway, a very well done!”
“Amazing show..so much energy and as close to the real thing as you’re gonna get! definitely go and see you again..”
“Thanks for an excellent, authentic performance, assisted by the singer bearing more than a passing resemblance to the real Andy McCluskey! The female lead vocals on certain tracks worked well and added a novel dimension. Keep up the good work – hoping to see you play on future occasions.”
“Have waited years for an OMD Tribute and wow – these guys have been well worth the wait!”
Barry has Andy McCluskey to a tee! Great vibe on stage – Sarah adds a great spin on it and the attention to detail is spectacular”
“if they had laser lights and smoke across the stage you would have thought it WAS OMD….sound almost like the real thing!!!”
“Brilliant show, the year spent building the sounds and preparing to perform certainly paid off. Having seen OMD live dozens of times over nearly 40 years, I can definitely confirm that Manoeuvres have captured the essence of a unique band.”
“speechless – where have these guys been, Sarah has a beautiful voice and Barrys energy is infectious”
Come along for the OMD experience…
Shows & Events
23rd February 2019 // Witchwood Public House, 152 Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SF TICKET INFO
Coming up this year…
24th February 2019 (afternoon gig) // The Diamond, 47 Stoney St, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 4GH TICKET INFO
8th March 2019 // The New Moorside Club, Holborn Approach, Leeds , LS6 2PD TICKET INFO
16th March 2019 // The Fleece, Bristol (double headline show with Love Distraction – A Tribute to the Human League) TICKET INFO
31st March 2019 // The Robin 2, 20 – 28 Mount Pleasant, Wolverhampton, Bilston WV14 7LJ TICKET INFO
5th April 2019 // The Majestic Theatre, Darlington. TICKET INFO
6th April 2019 // The Bungalow, Paisley, Scotland, PA1 1YD TICKET INFO
13th April 2019 // Crosville Social Club, Chester St, Crewe CW1 2LB. TICKET INFO
20th April 2019 // 80s All Day Party – Ironworks, Inverness. IV1 1LX TICKET INFO
26th April 2019 // The 1865 Club Southampton SO14 3AR. TICKET INFO (double headline show with Love Distraction – A Tribute to the Human League)
27th April 2019 // The Booking Hall, Dover TICKET INFO
2nd May 2019 // The Brindley, High St, Runcorn WA7 1BG (double headline show with Love Distraction – A Tribute to the Human League) TICKET INFO
4th May 2019 // Rotherham Trades Club, Greasbrough Rd, Rotherham S60 1RB TICKET INFO COMING SOON
10th May 2019 // St Paul’s Worthing TICKET INFO
7th June 2019 // The Acapela Studios, Heol Y Pentre, Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9QD TICKET INFO
14th June 2019 // The Forum, Fonthill, The Common, Tonbridge Wells, TN4 8YU. TICKET INFO
21st June 2019 // The Musician, 42 Crafton St W, Leicester LE1 2DE TICKET INFO
29th June 2019 // 80’s Fest, Sale FC Rugby, Heywood Road, Sale, M33 3WB TICKET INFO
11th August 2019 // The Half Moon Putney London TICKET INFO
16th August 2019 // Tribfest Music Festival, in the VIP Big Top. Driffield. TICKET INFO
17th August 2019 // The Tunnels, Aberdeen. TICKET INFO
23rd August 2019 // Eastbourne Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD. TICKET INFO
6th September 2019 // Tramline Dublin, Ireland TICKET INFO COMING SOON
7th September 2019 // Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Ireland TICKET INFO
14th September 2019 // Tavistock Wharf, Canal Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AT TICKET INFO COMING SOON
21st September 2019 // Mountsorrel Memorial Centre, Leicester Road, Loughborough LE12 7AJ TICKET INFO
27th September 2019 // Zanzibar Liverpool TICKET INFO
28th September 2019 // Old Courts Wigan TICKET INFO COMING SOON
11th October 2019 // Ruislip Social Club, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip HA4 6JQ. TICKET INFO
Coming up in 2020…
1st February 2020 // The Platform, Station Buildings, Marine Road Central, Morecambe, LA4 4DB TICKET INFO
18th April 2020 // Bacup Royal Court Theatre, Rochdale Rd, Bacup OL13 9NR TICKET INFO
More dates constantly being added here and on our facebook page
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What are we excited about...
Spending a day with OMD!
A five hour journey across the country from Cornwall to Essex was the start to our day, a very special day where we were going to meet none other than the guys from OMD themselves! After an enjoyable trip which consisted mainly of listening to all of our favourite OMD tracks (and there are a…
Heres some more about the phenomenal OMD, aka…
After playing in other bands during their school days such as VCL XI, Hitlerz Underpantz & the Id, Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey along with Paul Collister formed Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in 1978. The name was consciously derived to differentiate themselves from the glut of punk bands that were on the scene at that time. Experimentation with electronic music had begun during their school days with them using, amongst other things, stripped down radio circuitry to produce their early naïve sounds. Their first single (and in the words of Andy, their fastest single!) ‘Electricity’ was released on Factory Records ultimately resulting in them being offered a recording contract with a subsidiary of Virgin Records called DinDisc. Paul & Andy used the money advanced to them by the record company to build a recording studio where they were able to finally use a ‘real’ drummer (Malcolm Holmes formerly of the band Id) and gradually retired ‘Winston’ (their beloved four track tape recorder they had been using on and off stage to provide the percussion tracks). Dave Hughes also joined the band on synthesisers and appeared on the album ‘Organisation’ which spawned the top ten single ‘Enola gay’ but was replaced shortly after its release by Martin Cooper. Over the following four years the albums ‘Architecture & Morality’, ‘Dazzle Ships’ and ‘Junk Culture’ were released with mixed success. ‘Dazzle Ships’ having been poorly received at the time of its release has in recent years been re-visited and acclaimed by some critics as being one of the lost classics of its time. The album ‘Crush’ was released in 1985 and featured two new members, brothers Graham & Neil Weir. It is their most pop-oriented to date finding more success in America than in the UK, with the single ‘If You Leave’ becoming their biggest hit in America reaching the chart position of No.4 in 1986. This single was also featured on the ‘Pretty In Pink’ film soundtrack.
‘The Pacific Age’ gave OMD another successful album in America later in 1986 but it found little interest anywhere else and shortly after its release the Weir brothers departed from the band, closely followed by Malcolm Holmes, Martin Cooper & Paul Humphreys. Andy McCluskey soldiered on with OMD and in 1991 released the album ‘Sugar Tax’ while Paul formed a band called ‘The Listening Pool’. Two years later in 1993 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark were back in the UK album charts with ‘Liberator’ peaking at number 14 and once again saw Paul collaborating with Andy on songwriting with the track ‘Everyday’. It took a further three years for the next album ‘Universal’ to be released, again seeing Andy & Paul co-writing some of the tracks. By the late 1990’s Andy had given up with OMD and moved into managing other artists, most notably ‘Atomic Kitten’ and Paul revived the OMD image for the odd live show. Years later in an unexpected twist, a German television show requested OMD to perform and in January 2006 Andy announced the reformation of OMD with Paul, Martin Cooper & Malcolm Holmes making up the rest of the band. The initial tour partially consisted of playing the complete ‘Architecture & Morality’ album resulting in one of their performances being released as a ‘Live’ album. New albums ‘History Of Modern’ and ‘English Electric’ followed in 2010 & 2013 respectively. Further touring re-kindled their desire to make even more music and resulted in the bands 13th album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ being released in September 2017. Orchestral Manoeuvres in th Dark continue to tour to this day, playing to sell-out crowds both in the UK and USA and sound as fresh, as innovating and as exciting as ever…
For updates on OMD’s tour dates and news you can visit the official OMD Website
There are some people that, without whom, creating this band would have been a whole heap more difficult and we would like to acknowledge them here:
OMD – first and foremost. Such a unique and influential band!
Motion and Heart – the fan site for OMD for their support. Also a big thanks to Neil for the use of his Youtube footage.
The Friends of 632 3003 – OMD sang about a telephone box in their 2nd hit Red Frame White Light, released 01 February 1980 (which they used as their office!!!) The aim of the Friends of 632 3003 group is to to provide a community group who will help to maintain the iconic landmark. All the venues that book us and especially all the OMD lovers that come to all the gigs!!
OMD Messages – thanks for the support, shares and shout outs!
Live and Unplugged – (Sole Booking Agent) Thanks guys for the support.
Tracey Rickard – (Web developer) For her patience, help & wizardry. Thanks to Leapfrog Animation for the amazing PROMO video! A MASSIVE thank you to everyone thats sent us photos to use on our site… (Cosmic exposure, Seconds in time, omd fans) in particular Craig Barrett for the wonderful live photography. And finally… to Happydesigner for ALL the branding, promo artwork and website design.
We are pleased and proud to announce that Manoeuvres – OMD tribute will be supporting a charity that is very close to our hearts. With both of us having lost relatives and loved ones over recent years to cancer, we have decided that for every gig we play we will donate a percentage of our fee to the Marie Curie UK. We both felt that in some small way we want to help in the fight against this awful disease and to help with the care of the people suffering from its devastating effects. We wanted to tell you this so you know that anyone buying tickets to any of our Manoeuvres shows will also be helping this wonderfully caring charity. Thank you all for your support.